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Whether you are a teacher, student, scientist, or concerned citizen, our web site is a great place to find facts and links to other organizations committed to educating the public about animal research.

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Below are links to other organizations involved with biomedical research and education:

NCABR’s About Bioscience website is a comprehensive resource about topics and careers in bioscience. It’s designed to be useful to all audiences, from K-12 students and teachers to members of the general public. It features more than 20 career profiles, more than 30 topic overviews and an extensive glossary.

Access Excellence
One of the foremost bioscience Web sites on the Internet, this site, maintained by the National Health Museum, is filled with activities, articles and other resources for teachers and students in both health and bioscience.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
AAAS is an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association.

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
AALAS advances responsible care and use of laboratory animals to benefit people and animals. It is the premier forum for the exchange of information and expertise in the care and use of laboratory animals.

Americans for Medical Progress Educational Foundation (AMP)
The mission of AMP is to ensure that the public supports the vital role of animals in medical research, and that scientists are able to continue their quest for cures and improved methods of treatment for illness, injury and disease.

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM)
The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) advances the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals through certification of veterinary specialists, professional development, education and research.

American Physiological Society (APS)
APS is devoted to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of scientific information. By providing a spectrum of physiological information, the Society strives to play a role in the progress of science, and the advancement of knowledge.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
AVMA seeks to advance the science and art of veterinary medicine, including its relationship to public health, biological science, and agriculture. It is the authorized voice for the veterinary profession in presenting its views to government, academia, pet owners, the media, and other concerned publics.

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC)
The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) is mandated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition.

Biotechnology Resource for Educational Advancement of Curriculum in High Schools (BioREACH)
Arizona State University’s BioREACH program helps high school teacher incorporate biotechnology in the classroom.

Cells Alive
CELLS alive! represents 30 years of capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research. The site has been available continuously and updated annually by Jim Sullivan, a retired assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Virginia.

DNA from the Beginning
This site, maintained by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is “an animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity.” It is organized around key concepts, and the science behind each concept is explained by animation, an image gallery, video interviews, links and more.

Dolan DNA Learning Center
The Dolan DNA Learning Center (DNALC) is the world’s first science center devoted entirely to genetics education.

EHP Science Education
Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) is the leading environmental health journal in the world. It is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. This site is targeted at students in grades 9-12 and has news articles and environmental health science lessons based on selected articles available for free download.

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
FASEB is a coalition of independent Member Societies that serves the interests of biomedical and life scientists, and disseminates information on biological research. It features “Breakthroughs in Bioscience”, a series of illustrated essays that explain recent breakthroughs in biomedical research and how they are important to society.

Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR)
Established in 1981, the Foundation for Biomedical Research is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support for the humane and responsible use of animals in medical and scientific research.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.

How I Became a Scientist
An Activity Book for 3rd Graders” was published this fall and is being distributed to the program’s partner schools in Clinton County, Ind., and the cities of Indianapolis, Atlanta and New York City. A school in Ghana, Africa, also is participating. Anyone can access a free online copy of the book at

incurably ill For Animal Research (iiFAR)
iiFar is a patient founded nonprofit organization which strongly supports the continued humane and responsible use of animals in biomedical research, teaching and testing. The goal of its website is to provide health information that informs about chronic disorders and diseases that reduce quality of life of people around the world. In addition, the site aims to advance and communicate knowledge about clinical trials and the benefits of animal research in developing life-saving treatments that reduce incurable illnesses., a project of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, is a place to discuss and learn about pharmaceutical innovation.

Jen’s Story
A heart-warming story about a scientist, breast cancer and her fight to find a cure through animal research. Produced and distributed by the Foundation for Biomedical Research.

John Hopkins Center for Alternatives on Animal Testing
Altweb, the Alternatives to Animal Testing Web Site, was created to serve as a gateway to alternatives news, information, and resources on the Internet and beyond. Altweb now is the U.S. home of the journal ALTEX: Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, which is the official publication of the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT).

Kids 4 Research
A fun way for kids in grades K-6 to learn about the basics of laboratory animal science and how it improves the lives of people and animals. This web site provides information to students, teachers, and parents on responsible laboratory animal care and use in biomedical/biological research, testing, and education. The site also provides information on the benefits of such research to animals, humans, and the environment.

Laboratory Animal Welfare Training Exchange (LAWTE)
LAWTE is a nonprofit membership organization of trainers, training coordinators and IACUC administrators who share ideas on methods and materials for training. Through online sharing and a bi-annual conference, members learn together how best to meet the training and qualification requirements of national regulations and guidelines.

The Genetic Science Learning Center is an outreach education program located in the midst of bioscience research at the University of Utah.

MadSciNet: The 24-Hour Exploding Laboratory
The MadSci Network is an interactive science teaching and community outreach tool, staffed and maintained by volunteer scientists and engineers from around the world. It fields questions on 26 different subjects.

Microbe World
Established in 2003, MicrobeWorld is an interactive multimedia educational outreach initiative from the American Society for Microbiology that promotes awareness and understanding of key microbiological issues to adult and youth audiences, and showcases the significance of microbes in our lives. This site contains information about different types of microbes, profiles of microbiology as a career, a photo library and related resources for science educators.

Model Organisms for Biomedical Research
This National Institutes of Health web site provides information about national and international activities and major resources that are being developed to facilitate biomedical research using animal models.

National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)
NAIA is an educational organization of business, agricultural, scientific and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare and strengthening the bond between humans and animals. NAIA works to provide the public with factual information about animal issues; especially those issues that are complex, misunderstood or controversial.

National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR)
Founded in 1979, NABR provides the unified voice for the scientific community on legislative and regulatory matters affecting laboratory animal research. Behind every medical discovery lies years, and sometimes lifetimes, spent in pursuit of answers that ultimately save lives. The ability to study whole living organisms is an indispensable element in medical progress, and NABR works to protect the ability of biomedical researchers to use animals in ethical and responsible research that will one day benefit the health of people and animals.

National Youth Science Camp
The National Youth Science Camp is an intense residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school.

NIEHS Kids’ Pages
Maintained by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, this educational site is designed to encourage children to pursue careers in health, science, and the environment, to teach children about the connections between their health and the environment and more.

NIH Curriculum Supplement Series
The NIH curriculum supplements are teacher’s guides to two weeks of lessons on the science behind selected health topics. They combine cutting-edge biomedical discoveries with state-of-the-art instructional practices. HTML and PDF versions of each supplement are online and accessible to all. Print versions are FREE upon request to educators in the U.S. (public, private and homeschool). is geared toward high school students and graduate students, and it focuses on providing resources for those interested in making a science career a reality.

Pro-Test was formed in January 2006 by Laurie Pycroft, a 16-year-old frustrated with the way that those opposed to vivisection (testing on animals for the purpose of scientific progress) were dominating the public debate on animal research. For well over a year, groups like SPEAK had been protesting the University of Oxford’s construction of a new Biomedical Research Facility on South Parks Road, Oxford. Their campaign of intimidation had forced the University’s original contractors off the job in July 2004. Construction did not recommence until November 2005, after which anti-vivisectionists renewed their campaign, abetted by extremist groups such as the ALF, which announced it would target students. Similar campaigns led to the cancellation of a very similar laboratory project in Cambridge in 2004.

Pro-Test aims to counter the irrational arguments of anti-vivisectionists by raising public awareness of the benefits of animal research and creating an environment where scientists can speak out about their work and be proud of the contributions they make. We stand for science, reasoned debate and, above all, the promotion of the welfare of mankind.

Public Responsiblity in Medicine and Science Research (PRIM&R)
PRIM&R is dedicated to advancing the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research. Since 1974, PRIM&R has served the full array of individuals and organizations involved in biomedical, social science, behavioral, and educational research.Via a wide variety of conferences and courses, PRIM&R provides balanced, well-researched, and accurate information on the range of ethical and regulatory issues affecting research while also offering unparalleled access to certification, networking, and professional development resources.

Raising Voices, Saving Lives (AMP)
One of the most important ways to show your commitment to research is to become an advocate. You can help build the public’s understanding and trust in animal research – a key component of scientists’ search for new treatments and cures. The most basic element of advocacy is speaking out, drawing on your own personal experience to demonstrate the vital importance of animal research. “Raising Voices, Saving Lives” offers you the opportunity to share your story with others who seek information about the responsible and humane use of laboratory animals.

Research!America is a not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance based in Alexandria, Virginia, whose mission is to make research to improve health a higher national priority.

The Royal Society
The Royal Society, the national academy of science of the UK and the Commonwealth, is at the cutting edge of scientific progress. It supports many top young scientists, engineers and technologists, influences science policy, debates scientific issues with the public and much more. It is an independent, charitable body which derives its authoritative status from over 1400 Fellows and Foreign Members.

Science House
A learning outreach project of North Carolina State University, the Science House mission is to work in partnership with K-12 teachers the use and impact of hands-on learning technologies in mathematics and science.

Science Magazine
Maintained by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this site features links to articles in Science, one of the world’s leading journals of original scientific thought, research and commentary, as well as career information and a multimedia center with tons of fun, interactive content.

Science National Honor Society (SNHS)
Established in 2000, SNHS currently has over 400 chapters in 39 states.

Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW)
SCAW is a non-profit educational association of individuals and institutions whose mission is to promote the best practices of humane care, use, and management of animals involved in research, testing or education in laboratory, agricultural, wildlife or other settings.

Seriously Ill for Medical Research (SIMR)
SIMR is a voluntary patients’ group based in the United Kingdom that promotes research into serious illnesses and medical conditions. It supports humane animal research and ethical genetic technology, essential in understanding disease and developing medical treatments.

Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
With more than 31,000 members, SfN is the world’s largest nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians devoted to the study of the brain and nervous system. The Society’s primary goal is to promote the exchange of information among researchers. In addition to SfN annual meeting and its Journal publication, 100-plus local chapters across North America hold scientific lectures and other activities for the educational advancement of local neuroscience communities.

Society of Toxicology (SOT)
Members of this society are scientists who study the effects of drugs, environmental contaminants, and naturally occurring substances found in food, water, air and soil and use that information to predict safe exposure levels and to protect the health of humans, animals, and the environment. As the leading global force and resource for advancing the science and applications of toxicology, the web site provides resources for members, the public, students, and teachers.

Speaking of Research (SR)
Speaking of Research (SR) is a campus-oriented group that seeks to provide university students and faculty with accurate information and resources about the importance of animal research / animal testing in medical science.

Understanding Animal Research (UAR)
UAR aims to achieve understanding and acceptance of the need for humane animal research in the UK, by maintaining and building informed public support and a favourable policy climate for animal research. UAR was founded at the end of 2008 by bringing together two UK organisations, Research Defence Society and Coalition for Medical Progress. It is a membership organization with over 110 member organisations and many more individual supporters.

What A Year!
What A Year! focuses on the latest medical and biomedical research and is a source of life science education for middle school and high school biology classes. The mission of What A Year! is to relate great news in biomedical research in a way that is easily appreciated and understood. What a Year! highlights a breakthrough each month and gives information about the people behind it. You can learn what’s going on in your scientific backyard and dig a lot deeper if you want.

Whyville was launched in 1999 by Numedeon, Inc. to apply over 20 years of research in education and cooperative learning to develop new web-based tools for education.

Researchers have identified the middle school years as a time when children, especially girls, lose their interest in math and science. Studies suggest that exposure to engaging educational and in particular scientific activities during this critical period can substantially influence future academic and career choices. Whyville is our effort in making a difference.

Women’s Adventures in Science is a project of the National Academy of Sciences intended to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and to highlight for young people the varied and intriguing careers of some of today’s most prominent scientists.


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